Thu, Mar 23, 2017 | updated 11:45 AM IST

PM Modi says his four-nation tour aims at enhancing ties between India and Africa

Updated: Jul 06, 2016 19:25 IST

New Delhi, July 6 (ANI): Hours before embarking on a four-nation tour to the African continent, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said his tour that aimed at enhancing ties between India and Africa would begin with visit to Mozambique - a brief but key visit.

During his five-day tour the Prime Minister will be visiting Mozambique, South Africa, Tanzania and Kenya.

"On Thursday, 7th July I will be in Mozambique. The aim of my visit is to increase cooperation and boost cultural linkages. I will meet President Filipe Nyusi and hold extensive talks with him. My other programmes include a meeting with Ms. Veronica Macamo, the President of the National Assembly, and a visit to the S&T Park, Maluana, where I will interact with students. I will also interact with the Indian community briefly," said Prime Minister Modi.

He will be the first Indian Prime Minister to visit Mozambique in 34 years.

Underlining that on the evening of 7th July, he will reach Pretoria in South Africa, which is an important strategic partner with whom India's ties are historical and deep-rooted, the Prime Minister said: "My programmes in South Africa will span across Pretoria, Johannesburg, Durban and Pietermaritzburg. History is witness to how Mahatma Gandhi's stay in South Africa impacted him and the history of the world. He went to South Africa as a lawyer seeking work and returned to India as a strong voice for humanitarian values, who would go on to shape the history of humankind."

"I will have the honour to visit Phoenix Settlement and Pietermaritzburg Station, two places very closely associated with Mahatma Gandhi's stay in South Africa. A visit to South Africa is incomplete without remembering the beloved 'Madiba'. I will also be honoured to visit the Constitutional Hill and Nelson Mandela Foundation, where I would pay my tributes to an icon of human history, who made his country and the world a much better place," said Prime Minister Modi in a statement issued here, adding that during his visit, he will meet President Zuma and Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa.

In an effort to boost economic ties between the two countries, the Prime Minister will speak at the India-South Africa business meet. His other programmes in South Africa include a meeting with the Alumni Network in Durban and a reception hosted by the Mayor of Durban, at Durban City Hall.

Noting that South Africa is home to a vibrant Indian community that has made South Africa their home for years, the Prime Minister said: "I will interact with the Indian community a programme in Johannesburg on 8th July. I invite you to share your ideas and inputs for my speech, through the 'Narendra Modi Mobile App'."

Talking about his Tanzania visit, Prime Minister Modi said, "On Sunday 10th July, I will be in Tanzania for a brief but crucial visit to give an impetus to ties with Tanzania, a valued friend in Africa.

"There will be extensive talks with President Dr. John Magufuli, where we will chalk out the road ahead for bettering India-Tanzania relations in a wide range of areas. I will also be meeting 'Solar Mamas', a group of rural women solar engineers from Africa, who have been trained under GOI-supported programmes to fabricate, install, use, repair and maintain solar lanterns and household solar lighting systems in their villages."

He said he would interact with the Indian community as well.

Prime Minister Modi, who will begin his Kenya tour on the evening of July 10, said: "India-Kenya ties have stood the test of time. Both our nations have had very strong people-to-people ties and both nations have successfully fought colonialism in the previous century."

"My deliberations with President Uhuru Kenyatta will revolve around how India and Kenya can grow their bilateral cooperation. I envision better trade, commercial and cultural exchanges between India and Kenya. The potential is immense and together we seek to harness it.

"In Nairobi, I will offer floral tributes to Mahatma Gandhi, who is widely revered in Kenya. I shall also pay tributes to Mzee Jomo Kenyatta, the first president of Kenya and a towering political figure of Africa."

He noted that the meeting of the India-Kenya business forum would be an important forum to elaborate more on the economic aspect of India's relationship with Kenya.

"A programme that I am keenly looking forward to join is an interaction with students at the Nairobi University," he said.

"In order to deepen ties with the diaspora," said the Prime Minister, "I will address a community programme on 10th July. There is also a meeting with Bharatwallah Alumni Association during the visit. Another programme is the handing over of ambulances and a model of Bhabhatron." (ANI)

New Delhi [India], Mar. 23 (ANI): The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday approved setting up of National Commission for Socially and Educationally Backward Classes (NSEBC) as a Constitutional body.

Full Story >>

Bastar (Chhattisgarh), Mar.22 (ANI): The Maoists in Chhattisgarh's Bastar region have given a call for nationwide shutdown on March 29.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Mar. 23 (ANI): A woman allegedly committed suicide by hanging herself at the Kashmere Gate metro station here on Thursday.

Full Story >>

Chennai (Tamil Nadu) [India], Mar. 23 (ANI): The Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) will on Tuesday move a no-confidence notice against Speaker P Dhanapal.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Mar 23 (ANI): Slamming Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh for not being able to take concrete action against his cabinet colleague Navjot Singh Sidhu who has refused to quit his television career, the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) on Thursday said that the cricketer-turned politician holds a post which requires 24 hour presence.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Mar. 23 (ANI): Pakistan High Commissioner to India, Abdul Basit, on the occasion of Pakistan Day celebrations here expressed Islamabad's desire to have good relations with India as well as to address the Kashmir issue.

Full Story >>

Agartala (Tripura) [India], Mar. 23 (ANI): In a bid to cement mutual bonhomie, a joint cycling expedition of Indian Army and Bangladesh Army, first of its type, was recently flagged off from the Agartala military station.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Mar. 23 (ANI): Condemning the recent terror attack outside the Houses of Parliament in London, President Pranab Mukherjee on Thursday said terrorism must be met through collective action by the international community.

Full Story >>

Mumbai (Maharashtra), Mar. 24 (ANI): Thousands of patients have been left to suffer and bear inconvenience at public hospitals as the resident doctors of Maharashtra continued their strike for the fourth day.

Full Story >>

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], Mar. 23 (ANI): At a time when protesting doctors were about to end their agitation, yet another attack on a resident colleague took place last night by a patient's relatives at city's Sion Hospital.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Mar. 23 (ANI): Condemning the recent terror attack outside the Houses of Parliament in London, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said India stands with the United Kingdom in the fight against terrorism.

Full Story >>

Mumbai/New Delhi [India], Mar. 23 (ANI): Hailing newly-elected Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath's directive to ban pan masala in the government offices, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Wednesday said the decision was a positive step and should be taken in the correct perspective.

Full Story >>

Bengaluru/New Delhi [India], Mar. 23 (ANI): Close on the heels of Congress leader S.M. Krishna joining the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the grand old party said his ouster from the party was not loss for them.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Mar. 23 (ANI): Day after former Congress leader S.M. Krishna joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) dubbed his decision as 'opportunism' saying that a person of his reputation was not expected to be disloyal and selfish.

Full Story >>

Patna/New Delhi [India], Mar. 23 (ANI): The Janata Dal (United) on Wednesday hailed newly-elected Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath's decision to ban 'pan masala' in the government premises in the state.

Full Story >>

Chennai (Tamil Nadu), Mar. 23 (ANI): Welcoming the Election Commission of India's (ECI) move to freeze the Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) election symbol, the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) on Thursday said V.K. Sasikala's faction had tried to illegally usurp the office of party general secretary.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Mar. 23 (ANI): The Supreme Court will today continue the hearing on the plea filed by NGO Common Cause seeking complete ban on the illegal mining across Odisha.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Mar. 23 (ANI): The Supreme Court will today continue the hearing in connection with the plea of Indian Hotels Company Limited (IHCL) against the Delhi High court order allowing the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) to auction the Taj Mansingh Hotel, located in the Lutyen's zone.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Mar. 23 (ANI): The Supreme Court will today hear the conspiracy charges against Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders Lal Krishna Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi and Uma Bharti in connection with the 1992 Babri Masjid demolition case.

Full Story >>

New Delhi [India], Mar. 23 (ANI): The Delhi High Court will today continue hearing Swaraj India's plea seeking allotment of common symbol to the party to contest the upcoming municipal elections in the national capital.

Full Story >>